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Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Movie Review by Committee

by Eric Melin on May 2, 2012

in Reviews,Video Reviews

This review of Marvel’s The Avengers brings together Scene-Stealers Editor-in-Chief Eric Melin, Aaron Weber and Alan Rapp from and The Four-Color Freakout Comic Podcast, and Scene-Stealers contributors Trevan McGee and Trey Hock.

the-hulk-avengers-2012-screenshotIf Marvel’s The Avengers straddles the line between earnestness and cynicism do the classic superhero themes of fighting for the greater good and teamwork actually work? The Avengers believes wholeheartedly in its pure superhero aesthetic and director Joss Whedon has put together some spectacular action sequences.

But at least one of our film critics wasn’t as enthusiastic as many others have been about Marvel’s The Avengers so far. Watch the video to find out who…

Read Eric Melin’s full-length review of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 warren-j May 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

Dude, that was the ‘Avengers’ of movie reviews: all the big hitters were there and on fire! Well done!


2 Trey Hock May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thanks, Warren. Wish you could have joined us.


3 Zac Eubank May 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I knew from the start who would have the problems with it.


4 Trey Hock May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am


It might not have come through in the review, but going into the movie there were a couple of skeptics. Glad you guessed correctly though.


5 Ryan May 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I can’t wait to see this. Though, now I’m a little worried that I’ll fall on Trey’s side of the fence. One question for you guys. Can I see this film having only seen the “Iron Man” franchise?


6 Trey Hock May 3, 2012 at 6:26 am

Absolutely, Ryan. No need to go back to any of the previous films, but if you want to revisit any of them ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Thor’ would be the two to consider.


7 Bethany May 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

I love this group video review!

Ryan – the Iron Man movies are well-equipped to leave you prepped for this film – this film probably incorporates more characters from that than any of the others. The only other one that might be beneficial to watch before seeing it if you have time is Thor because it gives the villain’s, Loki’s, background, though you’ll be able to follow this film without it.


8 Nathan May 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

Ha Ha! Nice job guys. While I too gave it a good review (solid rock fist up), the comment “Christopher Nolan just got his ass kicked” made me throw up a little in my mouth and now I like the film a little less.


9 Derek 8-Track May 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

It seems the most important prerequisite needed to become one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is wit and great comedic timing. The Avengers in no way holds a similar tone to Nolan’s Batman franchise, but makes up for it in clever dialogue throughout and action firing on all cylinders in the 3rd act. Where I feel like Nolan’s Batman movies transcend the sub-genre, The Avengers exists comfortably as a successful “comic book movie.” I walked away with The Hulk and Black Widow becoming my fave Avengers.


10 Redneck May 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The guy with the glass didnt pay too much attention to the structure of the fim i think and the perfomances. ( sorry for my english first)
There is no only one 360 camera movement in the film. Before the one from the trailer, there is a pretty similar movement in the ship, when the heroes are arguing with each other face to face, the second one is the same movement but with the character looking to the outside to the exterior menace. They are telling you OK maybe there are things more important that us here and we now undestand it. And it does with a camera movement
About Tony Stark, he is the way he is, but if you see it just as a character who makes only one liners throw the film you are not seeing the incredible job that RDJ make with him. He never will say OK i get it! there are things more important than me. He always try to hide that aspect is Whedon who makes it clear and the actor with his face. He dont´say anything when Pepper doesnt answer the call because it will not be Tony stark if he say something, but instead he show it to you with his face how much he cares. And there a lot of moments like this during the movie, when he doesnt say anything but we understand that he is realizing that he maybe is not always right


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